Sunday, February 20, 2005

New Political Forces

Earlier I wrote about the Coming Rightist Wave. I point my readers to three stories on that front this week.

DutchReport has a post about growing Hindu/Muslim tensions in Holland. In Dutch parlance Muslims are referred to as Moroccans.

Morrocans shoved dog faeces through the mailbox, broke into the temple twice, took a statue, urinated inside and stole money from the moneybox. Mister S. Ramdhani, a Hindu priest, says: “They spit, don’t let visitors pass through, robbed two elderly ladies and then threatened them not to press charges. Our secretary was attacked with a stick.” ... Young Hindu’s are so fed up with the situation they want to take matters into their own hands.
This sounds much like what Filip Dewinter, leaded of the Vlaams Belang in Belgium. In last Monday’s NYT he said, "Other political parties, they are very worried about the Muslim votes and say let's be tolerant, while we are saying - the new political forces in Europe are saying - no, we should defend our identity."

Dutch Reporter comments in an email that the term “Rightist” is incorrect. That is true as the Hindus in Holland indicate. They are not right in the traditional sense. Dewinter described vague “new political forces.” I use ‘Rightist’ for lack of a better term. Clearly they are not secular, democratic socialist, leftists.

The NYT reports again from Belgium, this time on the increasing numbers of European Jews joining Right parties.
(M)”any of Europe's 2.4 million Jews feel abandoned by the left.” ... "We have a common enemy, a common struggle," said Mr. Dewinter. He called Israel "the forward post of the free West fighting radical Islam" and said Jewish culture is "one of the main cultures of European civilization, but we can't say
the same of Islam."
Finally, Christopher Caldwell continues his series of reports on the Islamization of Europe, this time from Sweden. “There is white flight in Sweden, with the natives very actively segregating themselves from the foreigners. "The areas that we call 'segregated' are actually very mixed," he says. "The segregated part of the country is the Swedish part."”

None of these indicate anything more than new energy on the right end of the political spectrum. There is as yet no new ideology. However, over the next few years a space will open on the right for an “ideological entrepreneur” to market a new set of ideas about the problems facing Europe: immigration, demography, economics, etc. Being anti-Islam isn’t enough. A coherent ideology has to provide a narrative for mobilizing and organizing people. It takes imagination and hard work.
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